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What are tips for how to install DSL?

Learn tips for how to install a DSL Internet connection.

An Ethernet cable is commonly used in DSL installation. [©Jupiter Images, 2009]
©Jupiter Images, 2009
An Ethernet cable is commonly used in DSL installation.

If your dial-up Internet connection's speed (or lack thereof) has you frustrated, you might be considering an upgrade to a DSL, or digital subscriber line, connection. DSL uses ordinary copper telephone wires to deliver a high-bandwidth data connection to homes and businesses.

DSL Installation Basics

Though DSL must connect through a telephone line, it uses a different frequency and will not interfere with your telephone connection. Because phone lines can carry both a telephone signal and an Internet connection simultaneously, you can talk on the phone and surf the Web at the same time. Many DSL kits and modems even come with splitters that allow you to plug both your modem and telephone into the same wall jack.

Basic DSL Installation Guides

Because several different manufacturers make many varieties of DSL modems, it's best to follow the instructions that came with the modem. Not all components and installation software are standardized, so it's important to check your modem's manual for configuration instructions specific to your model. DSL providers like AT&T and Verizon offer installation kits with step-by-step instructions for installing and using the included DSL hardware and software. 

For basic advice on installing DSL, check out online guides like the one provided by Smart Computing magazine. It outlines how to properly install DSL and gives tips on solving common installation problems. HomeTech Solutions' DSL installation tutorial also covers DSL installation basics.

Installing a DSL Router

Not all DSL routers are the same, so the best way to learn how to install and configure one is to consult the instructions provided by the manufacturer of your particular model. A few tips apply almost universally across brands and types of DSL routers, however. Before connecting the router, first check for an active Internet connection by using an Ethernet cable to connect your DSL modem to your computer. If the Internet connection is working, connect the DSL modem to the router's Internet port. Next, connect the computer to one of the DSL router's Ethernet ports. 

If you want to connect your laptop to a router, the best source of information is generally the documentation that came with the router and with your laptop. However, you can typically hook up a DSL router to a laptop by connecting an Ethernet cable to both the Ethernet port on the DSL router and the corresponding port on the laptop. Depending on the laptop, you may need an Ethernet adaptor to make the connection. Once you are connected, you'll be surfing the Web in no time on a blazing-fast DSL Internet connection.

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